Pamela VandeVord, interim department head and undergraduate program chair of biomedical engineering and mechanics in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been awarded the N. Waldo Harrison Professorship by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The N. Waldo Harrison Professorship was established in 1987 by College of Engineering alumnus Nathaniel Waldo Harrison. Harrison served as a member of General Dwight D. Eisenhower’s staff at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Forces in Frankfurt, Germany, during World War II, and later created the professorship to acknowledge the extraordinary education he received at Virginia Tech. The professorship is for a five-year period.

A member of the Virginia Tech faculty since 2011, VandeVord’s research focuses on understanding brain injuries, cell-repair strategies, and technologies that assist in prevention, identification, and treatment of nervous-system injuries.

She received the 2009 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers for her pioneering work in this area.

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